Today in the Executive to Executive Speakers Series for Nonprofit Leaders at Lawrence Tech University, Josh Linkner, CEO of Detroit Ventures Partners/Founder of ePrize, provided very valuable insight on how to inspire creativity at nonprofit organizations. He presented his “Disciplined Dreaming” approach in a very engaging and relevant style. Though he is used to speaking to business audiences on creativity, he tailored his innovative ideas and strategies to speak directly to core nonprofit management issues (e.g. fundraising, volunteers, social innovation).
He summarized his Disciplined Dreaming approach by reviewing 5 steps to inspire creativity in your organization:
1.Get curious: ask why, what if, and why not?
2. Encourage courage: embrace the idea that mistakes are the portals of success
3.Challenge assumptions: do not let imaginary barriers impede progress
4.Think small: embrace risk, be nimble, generate a fire-in-the-belly culture
5.Stand out: allow yourself to be different from all others
For more about Josh Linkner and his Disciplined Dreaming approach to inspire creativity in organizations see this YouTube Video: Josh Linkner